European policy makers are planning on mandatory upload filters for websites with user generated content. This would directly affect Wikipedia and make an algorithm decide over which uploads and which content will be seen by the rest of the world.
Sounds creepy? It is! So what are we doing about it?
Our Wikimedians in Brussels, Dimi and Anna, work on preventing upload filters from within the political engine room (see their talk). Parallel to that, we rolled out a campaign to raise public interest and the awareness of political decision makers.
We printed the messages #NoUploadFilter and "Community understands context, filters don't" on coffee filters, distributed them on political party conventions and send them to members of the German Bundestag. We sent an open letter together with well reknown organisations to the federal government and MEPs from Germany. The session presents the campaign toolbox and its outcomes.
The Community learns about the campaign #NoUploadFilters and knows about activities to prevent threats for free knowledge that might result from the European copyright reform.
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